Are Veneers the Shortcut to a Perfect Smile?

Veneers have been around for over 90 years, and have often been hailed as Hollywood’s secret to a perfect smile. It’s not quite that simple… Here’s why.

What are veneers?

Veneers are similar to false fingernails in the sense that it is a perfect layer being attached to the front surface of your natural teeth. In the same way, veneers can give you fantastic results that wouldn’t be possible otherwise!

Veneers are used to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth, uneven alignments, uneven spacing, and teeth with chips and cracks. Not only are they certain to improve the look of your smile, but they can also make it stronger!

Because we make our veneers from a very strong and very durable porcelain, the veneers will end up being very strong. Porcelain may give many people connotations to old tea cups your grandparents never let you use as a child, but this ceramic material is chosen because it’s a very durable and tough material. You can even make knives out of porcelain!

The material can be created in a shade to match your surrounding teeth, or in a brighter and whiter shade to improve your smile. Porcelain is excellent at resisting stains, and are likely to keep their colour for many years,

That doesn’t mean that you can stop brushing your teeth, of course. Since they are just fastened to the front of your teeth – the anterior side – you should continue to take care of your teeth and veneers as before: brushing properly twice a day and flossing as normal.

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With proper care, your dental veneers can last for 10 years or more before needing to be replaced or repaired.

What aren’t veneers?

Dental veneers are pretty great, but they aren’t always the appropriate method of treatment! For example, they cannot be placed on unhealthy teeth. They may also not be suitable for teeth that are heavily filled, in which case a dental crown may be the superior option.

Though small, there is also a risk that a veneer can break, crack or come off entirely. This is rare, but the risk may be exacerbated by biting into hard things like ice cubes.

It is also worth noting that getting veneers is not a reversible process. They need to be placed on healthy enamel, and in order to fit the veneer in your mouth, a thin layer of your existing enamel needs to be taken off. Enamel does not grow back – once it’s been trimmed back, the shape and size of your underlying tooth will remain the same forever.

The process: porcelain veneers from start to finish

The process of getting veneers begins with a consultation session because it’s important that the patient is aware of what we need to do. Impressions may also be taken in the first appointment. These will be sent to a professional lab, which will make the porcelain veneers.

A thin layer of enamel is removed from the relevant teeth in order to make room for the ceramic veneers. The veneer is tried on to test colour and fit. If it’s perfect, it is bonded to the tooth’s surface.

This process can take two appointments for some, while others may require more than two appointments. It varies from case to case.

Are you looking for cosmetic dentistry in Cairns? You’ve come to the right place! To book an appointment, simply give us a call on 07 4054 2203 or book an appointment with Cairns Precision Dental Group online – it takes less than a minute!

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